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Sept. 30, 2011

At A Glance

Engineer receives NSF grant for novel computational studies

Sharif Rahman, professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and researcher in the Center for Computer Aided Design, has received a three-year, $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for computational studies on dynamical systems, effective Sept. 1.

Titled "Novel Computational Methods for Solving Random Eigenvalue Problems," the NSF project will create new numerical algorithms for uncertainty quantification of high-dimensional complex systems. Therefore, a long-standing statistical problem associated with the curse of dimensionality will be alleviated to some degree, with positive ramifications for engineering, mathematics and the sciences.

Engineering applications include: vibration characteristics of mechanical systems, disposition of electrons around an atom or a molecule, acoustic modes of a concert hall, and eigenfaces in computer vision technology, to name a few.

Beyond engineering, potential applications include nuclear physics, number theory, computational biology, and others where random eigenvalue analysis plays a vital role.

Rahman, who joined the UI faculty in 1995, is an international expert in the fields of computational mechanics, advanced materials and stochastic computing. In 2007, he was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Law alumni to discuss public service careers in Iowa legislature at law school appearance

Five University of Iowa College of Law alumni who serve in the Iowa House of Representatives will discuss their legislative careers at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Expected to attend the event are Republicans Kraig Paulsen, speaker of the House and a 2003 graduate representing Hiawatha; Chris Hagenow, a 1997 graduate representing Windsor Heights; and Democrats Tyler Olson, a 2003 graduate representing Cedar Rapids; Kurt Swaim, a 1975 graduate representing Bloomfield; Nate Willems, a 2007 graduate representing Lisbon; and Mary Wolfe, a 1992 graduate representing Clinton.


Saxophonist Hall performs contemporary-music concert at the UI Oct. 10

Randall Hall, a leading interpreter of contemporary music for saxophone, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the University Center Recital Hall, as a guest of the University of Iowa Center for New Music.

Hall's performance will include several works he composed, and well as works by Jonathan Kirk, Francoise Rosse, Ed Martin, Yiu-kwong Chung and Christian Lauba. Several of the compositions utilize electronics.

Hall's performances of new music range from the contemplative to the ferocious, and feature his mastery of experimental playing techniques, cutting edge electronics and white-hot improvisations. He has given concerts throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has been honored with a Fulbright Grant, Frank Huntington Beebe Grant, Presser Music Award, Encore Grant, and the Premier prix in the Concour Région Ile-de-France.

He is a music faculty member at Augustana College in the Quad Cities, where he teaches saxophone, improvisation, composition and music theory.

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